Community Cat Detective

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Best Friends Animal Society Utah

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Become a Community Cat Detective! With our training, you can learn how to spot areas where there may be community cats, even if you don't actually see the cats. Canvas the neighborhoods we've determined have community cat activity, take notes on where you see evidence of cats, and get phone numbers for caregivers and people interested in deterrent methods. Talk to neighborhood residents and provide information about the benefits of Best Friends' Trap-Neuter-Return program and low-cost spay/neuter services. Your intel will be used by our Community Cat Coordinators when trapping in the area to make sure these cats are safe, healthy, and well cared for. Your training comes with everything you'll need! Sherlock Holmes hat and magnifying glass not included.

Duties and Essential Functions
  • Approach homes to talk to residents about community cats
  • Talk to residents regarding TNR benefits and spay/neuter importance
  • Take notes on where you see evidence of cats
  • Collect information from caregivers, feeders, residents who have cats in their yards, and residents interested in deterrent methods. (Name, phone number, address, email, and number of cats if applicable). Record on the provided canvassing log.
  • Return completed canvassing log to Best Friends at the completion of your shift. This can be done electronically (scan and email, or text photos), or physically return the information.
  • Provide deterrent information for residents that do not want cats in their yard

  • Warm, friendly, enthusiastic personality
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with TNR talking points (provided at training shift)
  • Ability to remain calm if a resident is opposed to TNR
  • Fluent in English, bilingual in Spanish a plus
  • Must be able to work outside in varying weather conditions
  • Must be able to walk for a two hour volunteer shift
  • Gas, food, and all travel expenses are responsibility of volunteer unless otherwise specified
  • Ability to follow specific instructions from staff
  • Must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer for this position


Shifts are typically 90 minutes long and between 8AM-7PM Sunday through Saturday, with some flexibility.

Training and Orientation

You will be scheduled for a one-hour training with a Community Cat Coordinator or mentor volunteer. During the training shift you will be going into a neighborhood to be a Cat Detective with them.

This position may involve walking for blocks of areas in hot or cold temperatures. Carrying a bag with materials. Dealing with conflict or opposition. And using good sense of judgement regarding safety protocols.

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2005 S 1100 ESalt Lake City, UT 84106



  • Data Entry
  • People Skills
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Problem Solving
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Submit application and receive training from our team

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